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6B - October 22, 2008


The Michigan Daily - michigandaily.com

Michigan's unbeaten streak
comes to end in loss to Spartans

Wolverines fail to
win Big Bear
Trophy for fifth
straight season
For the Daily
One team's streak had to end Sat-
urday afternoon.
The No. 18 Michigan men's soc-
cer team (1-1-1 Big Ten, 9-3-2 over-
all) wanted to extend its unbeaten
streak to seven games, while Mich-
igan State (4-1-0, 8-5-0) came into
the game with a five-year stran-
glehoJd on the Big Bear Trophy, a
coveted piece of chainsaw art the
in-state rivals have competed for
since Michigan joined the confer-
ence in 2000.
"It's the symbol of our rivalry,"
Michigan redshirt junior Daniel
Gray said.
But this year, it was the Spartan

streak that prevailed once again.
A late Spartan goal in the 78th
minute on a free kick was enough
to hand the Wolverines a 1-0 loss,
their first in conference play.
"This is a great derby game,"
Michigan coach Steve Burns said.
"It doesn't matter who is on what
kind of win streak, it's always a dif-
ficult game."
Coming into the game, many
expected a high-scoring matchup.
Michigan and Michigan State are
the top-two scoring teams in the
Big Ten.
But the Wolverines failed to take
advantage of a 20-16 shotadvantage
(10-6 on goal).
"When you get shots on goal,
about one out of every three goes
in," Burns said. "We had 10 shots on -
goal, and no goals to show for it."
The Wolverines started the game
aggressively, taking several early
shots at the Michigan State defense.
Senior midfielder Steve Bonnell led
the attack with six shots, three of
them on goal.

Midway through the first half,
Michigan appeared to have taken
the lead when junior Mauro Fuzetti
kicked a rebound into the net, send-
ing the Wolverine crowd into a rau-
cous roar. But officials ruled that he
was offsides, nullifying the score
and quieting the Michigan contin-,
Both teams were evenly matched
for the rest of the first half, with the
Wolverines edging the Spartans 8-7
in shots and 3-1 in shots on goal.
Michigan picked up the tempo
once again in the second half, estab-
lishing pressure on the Spartan
offense and attacking the Michigan
State defenders.
And on the opposite side of the
field, Wolverine senior defender
Michael Holody did a solid job con-
taining Spartan Doug DeMartin,
who is one of the best scorers in the
country with 13 goals this season.
"I thought in the second half we
really unlocked it and had a lot of
chances, and it looked like the game
was going to be ours," Burns said.

"But soccer doesn't go that way all
of the time."
Late in the game, the Wolver-
ines tackled a Spartan attacker
near the box, resulting in a free
kick for Michigan State. The Spar-
tans quickly took advantage, send-
ing the ball into a crowd in front of
the box and setting up a Michigan
State attacker to head the ball past
redshirt junior goalkeeper Patrick
With 40 seconds remaining in
the game, the Wolverines had one
last opportunity. Michigan pulled
Sperry from the goal, giving the
Wolverines an advantage for the
corner kick, but the Wolverines
couldn't capitalize.
"That is the equivalent to the
Hail Mary in football," Burns said.
"You release your goalkeeper'and
you've got everybody in the box,
you've got the goal framed and
you've gotplayers outside the box -
if it gets knocked out to them they
can hopefully get a shotback on and
get it through the bunch."

Freshman Kristen Keane replaced senior Madison Gates in goal this weekend.
Keane's goaltending
lone highlight in loss
By TIM ROHAN goalkeeper Kristen Keane in
Daily Sports Writer the second half against Wiscon-
sin was the lone highlight of the
The Michigan women's soccer weekend. After a flurry of scoring
team was facing its most impor- within 10 minutes in the middle
tant weekend of the season. of the first half, with senior Madi-
With just four games to play son Gates in goal, the Wolverines
before the Big Ten tournament, faced a 3-0 deficit.
the Wolverines were trying to RyanplayedKeaneingoal after
finish strong and make it into the halftime to give her playing time,
conference playoffs. and then he gave her the start on
In the Big Ten, the top eight Sunday near her hometown of
teams make the conference tour- Chicago, when the team played
nament, and the winner receives Northwestern. The decision paid
an automatic bid to the NCAA off.
tournament. Going into the week- "(Keane) did agood job control-
end, the Wolverines were one of ling the ball behind the defense,
the outside teams looking in. and her distribution was good,"
To have a shot at the tourna- Ryan said. "She was very calm,
ment, the Wolverines had to win collected and composed behind
on the road against Wisconsin the back four."
(9-6-1 overall, 3-4-0 Big Ten) and On the other hand the offense
Northwestern (8-7-1, 3-4-0). But struggled all weekend, tallying
Michigan lost both games. Michi- one goal in two games. Senior
gan coach Greg Ryan gave the midfielder Katie Miler scored in
usual explanation: the team lacks the final minutes of the Wiscon-
experience and execution. sin game. The Wolverines were
The team started five fresh- shut out-in Evanston against the
men in the game on Sunday and Wildcats.
Ryan has consistently started at But this lack of offense is noth-
least four freshman all year. "Like ing new for the inexperienced
most freshmen they are going to Wolverines.
be up and down, and this week- "We're getting players in the
end it was down," Ryan said. box," Ryan said. "We are getting
Michigan (4-9-4 overall, 1-5-2 people in position to score goals
Big Ten) has just one Big Ten now, but we have to beat people
win with two games remaining down the flanks. We have to have
against Indiana (6-10-1 overall, our wide players beating players
1-6-1 Big Ten) and Michigan State getting crosses in, cutting in and
(13-4-0, 5-3-0). In order to make goingto goal."
the tournament, Michigan would Even though his team is at the
have to win its two remaining bottom of the Big Ten standings,
games and receive some outside Ryan isn't as disappointed.
help. "As far as the Big Ten tour-
The Wolverines lost 3-1 in nament goes," Ryan said. "We
Ryan's return to Wisconsin, haven'treallyevenlooked atthose
where he coached for nine sea- as goals for this team this year.
sons. Against Northwestern, We've just really looked at know-
Michigan's play didn't improve as ing that we are in the middle of a
the team fell once again on Sun- rebuilding process, knowing that
day 1-0. the key to our future is improving
The play of redshirt freshman on a daily basis."

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but it sure is nice to see that the
guys are responding to the speed
Michigan junior Chris Brady
(20.45) won the 50-yard freestyle,
followed by senior co-captains
Bobby Savulich and Jamie Mar-
tone in second and third. In the
100-yard freestyle, Savulich fin-
ished first (45.28), Brady second
and junior Charlie Houchin third.
After seven weeks of training
hard and adjustingto a new coach-
ing staff, Savulich was proud of
the way Michigan performed in
its first meet.
"This was the true beginning
of a new era - a new chapter in
Michigan swimming," he said.
"Even though our training is dif-
ferent, the coaching is different
and our team outlook is different,
we're still keeping the same level
of tradition, pride and intensity
that we've always had."
The meet began with a small
disappointment when Michigan
lost the 400-yard medley relay
by just 0.55 seconds. But the Wol-
verines bounced back quickly and
went on to win 13 of the meet's
16 events, including both diving
Though Michigan displayed
new strength in sprinting, the
team continued to dominate long-
distance events. Senior co-captain
Matt Patton easily won the 1,000-
yard freestyle and junior Adam
DeJong touched out Florida's
Shaune Fraser to win the 500-
yard freestyle.
In the diving well, senior Kyle
Schroeder won the one- and
three-meter springboard com-
petitions. Michigan diving coach
Chris Bergere said Schroeder

took his diving to "another level"
Friday night.
"I think the biggest change for
him is his confidence," Bergere
said. "Inthese dual meets, athome
with a big crowd, he thrived...he
dove better than I have seen him
dive on one-meter and three-me-
Sophomore Tyler Clary also
had a outstanding meet, win-
ning all three of his individual
races, including a close finish with
Houchin in the 200-yard free-
style. With just 50 yards remain-
ing, Clary and Houchin were
even. But Clary (1:38.53) finished
first, just two one-hundredths of a
second before his teammate:
During the meet, Bottom talked
with his swimmers several times
about technical changes for their
next races. He used some of the
team'sbest performances to moti-
vate the other swimmers.
"Clary was excellent today,"
Bottom said. "After his 200 free-
style, we talked about what he
could be doing differently and
when he made that change we
were really excited. I used him as
an example with the teamas some-
one who went in, made a change
and then won his 200 backstroke
race right afterward."
Bottom has focused the Wol-
verines on learning and adjust-
ing. The change is already obvious
to Savulich, who said the team's
sprint and distance training have
made the team more balanced.
"Three years ago, if someone
had told me we could sweep the
50- and 100-yard freestyles, I
never would have believed them,"
Savulich said. "Since I was a
freshman, they have been such a
weak spot for Michigan and for
us to sweep those events, it really
shows what Mike's already done
for us." ,


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